July 17, 2014
Purging Homes of a Silent Killer
Ontario Lung Association Urges MPPs to Support the Radon Bill
TORONTO, ON – Exposure to colourless, odourless radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. That is why the Ontario Lung Association is urging MPPs from all parties to support Bill 11, The Radon Awareness and Prevention Act 2014, when it arrives in the legislature for second reading today.
Radon is a radioactive gas that forms naturally when uranium in soil, rock and water breaks down. It can accumulate to dangerous levels in homes and workplaces by seeping through tiny openings in floors and foundations. The only way to detect high radon levels indoors is to conduct a radon test.
“We applaud Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP Etobicoke North, for bringing forward Bill 11,” said George Habib, president and CEO of the Ontario Lung Association. “It will increase awareness among Ontarians about the danger of getting lung cancer through radon exposure.”
The Radon Awareness and Prevention Act is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of radon, to establish the Ontario Radon Registry and to reduce radon levels in dwellings and workplaces in Ontario. The Bill has now been before the legislature several times, only to die on the order paper when the legislature was prorogued or an election was called.
“By supporting the quick passage of this non-partisan Bill, MPPs can help to ensure that all Ontarians have the information and services they need to reduce this serious lung cancer risk and keep their families safe and healthy,” added Habib.
To complement the proposed Radon Awareness and Prevention Act, the Ontario Lung Association also supports adoption of the new Ontario Building Code to protect new homeowners from elevated radon levels. These measures will have a greater effect each year as new communities are developed with radon protection built into new buildings.
Efforts to reduce the risk of radon exposure are critical components of a comprehensive Lung Health Action Plan for Ontario. The Ontario Lung Association and fellow members of the Ontario Lung Health Alliance are calling on the government to develop a provincial plan that will address prevention, early diagnosis and enhanced access to cost-saving programs and services to address lung disease. Such a plan will not only save valuable health care dollars, it will also mean a better quality of life for the more than 2.4 million Ontarians living with lung disease.
About the Ontario Lung Association
The Lung Association is a registered charity that assists, educates and empowers individuals living with or caring for others with lung disease. The Lung Association provides programs and services to patients and health-care providers, invests in lung research and campaigns for improved policies on lung health. Information about radon and other lung health issues is available through the Lung Health Information Line 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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